Three Types of Breakout Spaces Your Office Needs
Breakout Spaces Defined
A breakout space can be defined by any area without a fixed use. Whether it’s a table with a few chairs or an experimental space employees can flick in and out of throughout the day.
Breakout spaces can be a great alternative to an immediate need. For example, a meeting ends but a few people need a space to discuss a task. Instead of meeting around one person’s desk, they can use a breakout space when a short period.
These spaces are the best representation of flexibility in a fast-paced workplace. Breakout spaces are usually only occupied for around 15/20 minutes, and the fact that they don’t have preset uses means it’s an ideal space for whoever needs them throughout their working day.
Companies that create workspaces that support a diverse range of working styles throughout the day are accommodating to the needs of their employees. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this type of workspace, there are three types of areas that increase collaboration and perfectly balance me vs we time within a workplace.
When looking for breakout spaces to implement into your workplace, collision spaces are a must. These are strategically located communal areas that are designed as social spaces. Where people can get food, drinks and socialise with one another while they collaborate. This kind of space helps people relax, recharge and reconnect with other people when their schedule allows for it. By having a creative gathering place, you have created an experience that differs from the other areas of the workplace.
An example of this kind of workspace is Actron Air. With endless types of communal areas where employees can network and congregate to work together, the space provides social areas for collaboration. With varying types of seating, and food/drinks nearby creates a relaxed area for people to recharge between meetings, and to catch up throughout the day when needed. (include an image or two)
Group Four has the amenities the create multiple Collision spaces for its employees. Whether it’s their amphitheatre or one of their communal ‘gamified’ spaces, it all creates a small for their employees to collaborate as needed. They also have their dining/kitchen areas which are bright and open, to allow for an easy flow to move throughout the day.
Mixed-use and furniture cluster areas allow employees to approach their work in a creative way that’s different from their desks. Spaces like these have lots of personalities – as if you were in a home-style living room or a workshop space. This can inspire non-traditional forms of communication or collaboration when meeting, sharing and testing ideas. The flexibility of this type of area allows for employees to modify the space to meet whatever they need at that moment, to go with the flow of their workday.
An example of this kind of workspace is Noma Consulting. The colourful pillows, books and plants littered throughout the space that surrounds the raised couch and booth areas create this Mixed-use breakout space for staff to utilise. The open-plan staff kitchen has the touch of Melbourne’s signature graffiti – providing personality for staff to collaborate within. The boardrooms are equipped with large whiteboards for collaboration when meetings aren’t in session, allowing multiple people to put up ideas and talk through them.
Clevertronics is another great example of Mixed-use breakout space. The circular display suite creates the perfect Mixed-use space, with the ability to adapt to whatever is needed. The Innovation Cell is designed for interactive learning and collaboration with staff and visitors. It can be expanded into the training room or kept separate – depending on what the situation calls for.
Collision spaces are the most common type of breakout space, but they rarely provide noise-free focus areas for critical thinking. A Huddle space is a distraction-free space designed to improve thinking and innovation when working in small groups. Small huddle spaces can include screens, whiteboards and varying sorts of seating options. This not only supports a small brainstorm session but can also be adapted into a ‘me’ type of work area instead of a ‘we’ type of work area.
We can look to the Visy office as an example, which has lots of small areas for people to huddle together (or separately) between meetings, between projects or whatever they need throughout the day. The bright space has room for multiple small groups to congregate and collaborate throughout the day. Or relax by themselves as they need between meetings or brainstorming sessions.
To see any other breakout spaces A1 Office has created for their clients, have a look through this breakout space collection. Breakout spaces are essential within a workspace, so creating different kinds of spaces for your employees is important for their collaboration and relaxation throughout their days. Contact A1 Office today to see what your company can do to improve your breakout areas.